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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | April 24, 2017

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Charles City proposed budget increases as tax rate remains the same

By Andre Jones | March 28, 2017 11:58 pm

An expected increase in revenue along with no tax hike highlight the 2017-18 proposed budget for Charles City. Assistant county administrator and county finance director Michelle Johnson presented a figure of $27,425,116 to county leaders during Tuesday night’s convening of the board of supervisors. That number is an increase of $4,966,803 from the current year’s budget, due mostly in part of the proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). According to Johnson, revenue is expected to increase overall by 3.7 percent. An increase in tonnage from Waste Management also boosted projected revenue for the county. The county’s real estate tax is expected…
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VDOT to widen Wayside Road in Charles City

By Community Member | March 24, 2017 8:15 pm

Virginia’s Department of Transportation (VDOT) has announced the widening of Wayside Road (Route 607) in Charles City. Beginning Mar. 27, the project will widen the roadway to 11-foot lanes, five-foot shoulders, and improve drainage near The New Road (Route 639) intersection. Drivers can expect alternating lane closures during the day. The total project cost is approximately $2 million with work expected to be completed by fall 2017.

Charles City leaders approve size increase of proposed library

By Andre Jones | March 22, 2017 10:58 pm

Charles City supervisors approved a request to increase the size of the proposed library from 7,500 square feet to 8,200 square feet. District 2 supervisor and board chairman Bill Coada presented a letter from library campaign member Jimmy Tyler during a special called Mar. 22 meeting. The letter requested that supervisors allow the increase of the structure as funds raised by the library campaign committee would be used to pay for the expansion. The cost of the space increase is pegged at $400,000, with the letter indicating that the library committee would pay that amount through donations and pledges. Supervisors…
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Charles City’s school board makes case for more local funding

By Andre Jones | March 22, 2017 10:42 pm

After approving its budget at the Mar. 21 regular board meeting, Charles City’s school board presented its proposal to county supervisors during a Mar. 22 special joint meeting. School board chairwoman Helen Payne-Jones and superintendent of schools David Gaston gave an overview of the $9.1 million operating budget for fiscal year 2017-18. Of that amount, schools are asking local leaders for a contribution just over $5.2 million to support the educational system. “The loss of revenue from the state was too much to incur and too much for us to handle,” Gaston commented. “We are starting with a shortfall of…
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Eleven indicted by grand jury in New Kent Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | March 20, 2017 1:24 pm

A New Kent grand jury certified indictments against 11 individuals during Mar. 20 proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court: –Steven Ernest Danchak Jr., 53, of the 100 block of W. Semple Road, Williamsburg, on a lone charge of extortion. The defendant allegedly wrote a letter to his victim threatening to do her harm on Nov. 12, 2016. –Ashley Nicole Detwiler, 24, of the 900 block of Pheasant Run Road, Williamsburg, on a single count of grand larceny. Detwiler allegedly stole tools that included a Stihl leaf-blower and chainsaw last Aug. 16. –Frank Fleming III, 43, of the 10000 block of…
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Johnson announces bid for Virginia House of Delegates

By Community Member | March 14, 2017 9:13 pm
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New Kent resident Cori Johnson has announced her intention to run for the 97th District Seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates in the November 2017 election. Johnson, a former firefighter/paramedic, now works in public safety administration. She will be running as an independent in the upcoming race. “It’s time to stop playing games and end the political tug-of-war,” she said in a press release. “Fixing our broken system starts with trading in career politicians for civic leaders.” For more information on the candidate, visit

Flee from DUI crash result in convictions for West Point woman

By Andre Jones | March 13, 2017 11:30 pm

A West Point woman who attempted to flee the scene of an accident received a pair of convictions during Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Virginia Mary Carter, 42, of the 2400 block of Oak Lane, received guilty verdicts on one count each of felony failure to stop at the scene of an accident and misdemeanor DUI (first offense) stemming from an Aug. 1, 2016 incident. Virginia State Trooper Arthur Doss testified that on the aforementioned date, he received a call to respond to a fatal accident on Interstate 64 near mile marker 217. The trooper proceeded eastbound…
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Charles City supervisors designate funds to kick off library construction

By Andre Jones | March 11, 2017 10:30 pm

Charles City supervisors approved funds to initiate the engineering and design process for a proposed library during their Mar. 8 work session. County leaders voted unanimously to designate $205,350 to kick off the project. Those funds are part of $2.5 million expected to be borrowed as part of a referendum that was approved by county citizens in the 2015 November election. Chairman and District 2 representative Bill Coada said that funding for the 7,500-square foot building comes after much discussion with the library campaign committee. He also commented that the process is also behind schedule. During the board’s regular meeting…
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One indicted in Charles City

By Andre Jones | March 7, 2017 10:51 am

A Charles City man was the lone indictment during Mar. 7 proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. George M. Smith, 38, of the 6300 block of Old Union Road, received one true bill certified by a grand jury on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. According to the indictment, Smith allegedly had about half a pound of the substance when a traffic stop was initiated on Sept. 2, 2016.

Hit-and-run on Interstate 64 results in 30-month jail term for Gloucester man

By Andre Jones | March 6, 2017 9:59 pm

A hit-and-run accident on Interstate 64 last June has resulted in a 30-month jail term for a Gloucester man. Jared Earl Congleton, 36, of the 6700 block of Lemburn Lane, entered into a plea agreement during Mar. 6 morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Congleton entered Alford pleas of guilt to one count each of felony failure to stop at the scene of an accident, DUI malicious wounding, misdemeanor DUI (first offense), and misdemeanor driving revoked (third or subsequent offense). One charge of misdemeanor unauthorized use of a vehicle was dropped as part of the plea deal. Congleton’s Alford…
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